Thanks for stopping by A Family Place. I enjoy working with families, and sharing the power of music with them. Kindermusik provides this outlet for me. This blog will allow me to share thoughts and ideas that can help families in their journey.

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Children need and want structure, and in Kindermusik we are intentional in the way the class is structured. Children respond better when they know what to expect in class, that is why it is often several weeks before you notice your child "settling in" to the class. That is why we sing the same songs, do the same activities for several weeks.

Recently a Kindermusik mom was returning a book to another KM mom, and I intercepted. "Secrets of the Baby Whisperer" by Tracy Hogg is a funny, yet practical book. If you are a new mom looking to restore your household then I would recommend reading this book. The author is engaging and witty with her European take on parenting. She is big on routines and outlines her ideas using acronym's such as E.A.S.Y. (eat, activity, sleep, you) and S.L.O.W. (stop, listen, observe, what's up).

Tracy Hogg gives many examples that will parallel your baby, your feelings, and your situation. Her book goes beyond infancy though...her ideas can be applied to babies, toddlers and preschoolers. She talks about not letting your baby take over your are the "mum" and you know what is best, not the baby. She discusses over stimulation being a component that makes for fussy babies. This can be said for any age...sometimes it's just best to keep it simple.

What do you think? Have you read this book? Give me your thoughts on routines in your household.

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